As of approximately 9:45 a.m. all members of La Plata Electric Association (LPEA) affected by the early morning outage Monday are back in power.
Repairs were made to the downed 46kv transmission line at 3530 CR 223. No specific cause for the fault was noted, though power lines can be weakened by previous lighting strikes and then ultimately fail at a later date.
At 7:23 a.m. this morning the line locked open, cutting power to 6,934 customers in the Bayfield/Ignacio area. Once the fault was found, LPEA was able to isolate it and re-energize the Ignacio and Bayfield Substations at 8:03 a.m. Customers fed by the Falfa Substation (in the Elmore's Corner area) were out of power until the repairs were complete and the lines checked and steadily re-energized.
Almost 7,000 were without power Monday morning in the Bayfield and Ignacio areas.
LPEA crews were working to repair a downed transmission line in the 3000 or 4000 blocks of County Road 223, according to a news release Monday morning from the electric co-op.
The transmission line is a main backbone to LPEA's substations that serve Bayfield and Ignacio.
The outage affected 6,934 customers, according to LPEA, although power was returned to many customers in Bayfield in Ignacio shortly after 8 a.m.